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October 4, 2000
In a move which recognized that discrimination against poor people will no longer be tolerated, Winnipeg City Council passed a new by-law today on "obstructive solicitation" which made no reference...
Keywords: Panhandling, Manitoba
September 20, 2000
The B.C. Government has approved a two-step increase to the minimum wage, from $7.15 an hour to $7.60 an hour effective November 1, 2000 and to $8.00 an hour effective November 1, 2001. There has not...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
September 20, 2000
The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (604) 681-4786, and End Legislated Poverty are launching a postcard campaign to urge Prime Minister Chretien to ensure that provinces do not deduct National the...
Keywords: Organizing, Welfare, All of Canada
September 20, 2000
A Human Rights Board of Inquiry has found that landlords are not permitted under new regulations to the Ontario Human Rights Code to discriminate against low-income applicants by imposing a minimum "...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, Ontario
September 20, 2000
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on July 9, 2000 in Mavis Baker v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that administrative decisions made on the basis of prejudice against single mothers,...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
September 20, 2000
The Canadian Women's March Committee demands that the United Nations and its member states take concrete measures to eliminate poverty and ensure a fair distribution of the planet's wealth between...
Keywords: Organizing, Violence, Women, All of Canada
July 31, 2000
For the first time, a leading multinational company has signed a global agreement with trade unions, which protects all the elements of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The German-...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, International
June 15, 2000
On June 15, 2000, the B.C. Supreme Court struck down a regulation requiring people seeking income assistance and other benefits to transfer outstanding arrest warrants to British Columbia and plead...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
June 15, 2000
Robin Loxton was awarded the Diane McFarlane Award for outstanding advocacy in the mental health community this past May at the beginning of Mental Health week. In 1988, Robin helped found the...
Keywords: Mental Health, British Columbia
May 11, 2000
The Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security has announced that effective July, 2000, BC Benefits rate increases averaging two percent will combine with higher Canada child tax benefit...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, All of Canada
May 11, 2000
"Ten years later, what MP Martin called a housing crisis has grown into a full-blown homelessness disaster that is affecting almost every part of the country from Iqualuit to Victoria to St. John's...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
May 11, 2000
According to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report recently released by economist Monica Townson, fifty-six percent of families with sole support mothers are poor.
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
Effective December 1, 1999 changes in the BC Benefits program will allow couples on welfare in British Columbia to earn up to $200 a month and single recipients to earn up to $100 a month without...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
March 8, 2000
The National Anti-Poverty Organization's paper Short Changed on Human Rights: A NAPO Position Paper on Anti-panhandling Laws (in PDF) (Link removed - No longer exists) includes up-to-date information...
Keywords: Panhandling, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
Inequality in private market income has been growing steadily since the early 1970s. The publication of The Growing Gap, prepared by the Centre for Social Justice, highlighted that trend, and drawn...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
Advocates have been indicating that fewer people are appealing decisions of the Employment Insurance Commission, not because they are happy with their situation, but because since eligibility...
Keywords: Unemployment, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
The United Native Nations Society has written to Moe Sihota, the {then] minister in charge of BC's welfare system and housing, asking for changes that will improve the housing situation of urban and...
Keywords: Housing, Indigenous, British Columbia
March 8, 2000
Getting "social and economic rights" in the Canadian Human Rights Act would be an acknowledgement that Canadians living on a low income have rights as impoverished people. It would go towards...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
It's Time for Justice October 14, 1999 "The oppressed are regarded as the pathology of the healthy society, which must therefore adjust these 'incompetent and lazy' folk to its own patterns by...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
Including "social condition" as a prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act Submission to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel of the federated anti-poverty...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada